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What’s The Eight-Year-Old reading this week?

Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week: More books about aliens, how wolves have changed the landscape of Yellowstone, and evidence that tabbies really are the sweetest cats. 

A sampling of this week’s books:


Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

What’s a spacegirl to do when her best friend has been taken hostage by an alien doomsday cult? Rescue her, of course, no matter how many humanoid chickens, neurotic robots, or friendly con men get in the way. Thank you, Ben Hatke, for giving my daughter a kid-friendly science fiction story in which a girl has the courage and wisdom to save the day.

Aliens for Lunch by Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra

In the second episode of what I think of as the Aliens for Sustenance series, Richard Bickerstaff and his friend Henry have been taken prisoner on the planet Grax. Can Aric save them?

Aliens for Dinner by Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra

In this final installment of the Aliens for Sustenance series, Richard and Aric must work together to keep a group of pollution-loving aliens from turning the Earth into a Toxic Waste Theme Park.

In the news:

How wolves change rivers (Sustainable Human via YouTube)

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone in 1995, everyone expected them to help control the soaring deer population. What we didn’t expect was for the wolves to change the course of the river itself. Thanks to The Eight-Year-Old’s Uncle Paul for bringing this 5 minute YouTube video to our attention.

Male cat named Henry is mothering abandoned kittens (USA Today)

In a story that has completely stolen The Eight-Year-Old’s heart, a young male ginger tabby named Henry has adopted six abandoned kittens in Alaska. The kittens, who were abandoned at only two weeks old, absolutely adore their foster father. Heather Muench of the Ketchikan Humane Society, the human who originally brought them home to Henry, says that she provides the food and medical care the kittens need, while Henry provides the feline love and interaction the kittens need to thrive.

The Eight-Year-Old has been playing Henry and his kittens all week.

Shh! They're sleeping. Finally. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Shh! They’re sleeping. Finally. (Photo: Shala Howell)

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